Amber Hagerman’s Mother Holds On To Hope

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Donna Norris slowly picked up a Pocahontas Barbie Wednesday and touched her hair, saying, “She loved her Pocahontas.”

Dozens of dolls sit on shelves surrounded by Amber Hagerman’s pictures.

The 9-year-old’s mother can tell you about every one of them. In fact, no matter where Norris has moved, she always has a room for Amber and all her things.

“I come and play with her dolls like she did,” Norris said. “And remember sweet memories of her.”

Having those few things that once belonged to her daughter is how the mother said she finds comfort 15-years after she buried Amber, for which the Amber Alert is named.

“I miss her so much; her beautiful smile – her laughter – her being silly. But she will get justice and I will see to that, I promise her,” Norris said.

Thursday will be the 15th anniversary of Amber’s kidnapping and her murder.

Her family will hold a vigil at the corner of E Abram Street and Browning Dr. in Arlington at 7:30 p.m.

Amber was abducted on a Saturday afternoon from the parking lot of a vacant grocery store and murdered.

Her throat was slashed and her body was discovered four days after her disappearance in a creek in North Arlington.

To this day leads have turned cold.

Investigators say they still get three-to-four leads a month.

“It’s hard not to think about her,” said Detective Ben Lopez, lead investigator on the case.

“You never know when the right lead is going to come in, no matter how small the lead is, no matter how insignificant it might seem, we work every lead,” Lopez said.

Only one witness has come forward.

But police believe others may have seen what happened inside a Laundromat near where Amber was kidnapped.

Investigators fear they stayed quiet because they were in the country illegally.

“I don’t know this person, I don’t know if he’s my neighbor or if he’s around me or if I talk to him every day,” Norris said. “I guess he has no remorse. I want him to be caught, I want Amber to have justice.”

This case started the Amber Alert System, established locally by DFW Broadcasters in 1997.

In August of 2002, Texas established a statewide Amber Alert Plan.

The next year, former President George W. Bush signed a law that created a national Amber Alert Plan.

Norris prays this is the year her daughter’s killer is caught.
Amber would have been 24-years-old now.

“Somebody would have had to see something. Somebody knows something. Please come forward,” Norris said. “He took away us watching her grow and watch her get married or fall in love for the first time. We miss that -her graduation from high school – it’s not fair.”

The only description about Amber’s killer is that he was in a black truck and he may have been white or Hispanic.

There is still a $75,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

  • sus howard

    oh may god my heart goes out to hermom and dad and brother may god bless

    • Judy in Dallas, Texas

      My heart has always been with little Amber. I continue to grieve the loss of such an innocent little girl with so much to live for. I cannot get past the anger in my heart toward her killer. It is time he is brought to justice. I hope he will turn himself in or be discovered via improved DNA evidence. I don’t believe Amber was his first nor his last victim. He needs to pay for what he has done. I can’t imagine how Amber’s mother and family can get though each day knowing her daughter’s killer is still at large. IN GOD’S NAME: “LET US GET THIS MAD-MAN”….and God bless Amber and her family! WE WILL NEVER FORGET! And to the perpetrator—–WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP! WE WILL FIND YOU! YOU WILL P-A-Y !!

    • nancy lynn

      you know, after all this time passed, i actually think he’s dead. it would explain all the dead-leads and no new leads to go on.

  • Ms. M

    Has anyone ever looked at Jennifer Schuett’s attacker? The suspect (Dennis Earl Bradford) lived within 4-6 hours of the DFW area in 1996. in 1990, Ms. Schuett was around the same age and looked very much like Amber. She was abducted, raped, had her throat slashed and left for dead in a field. The similarites are too great. Read her story here:

  • ilvrw

    It must be nerve racking to know someone is going unknown and possibly unpunished. For families who fear to give info, be in fear this person could victimize you. I hope and pray the family has closer soon. 15 years is a long time to deal with this.

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  • Kay

    Times gone but Amber isnt forgotten. Id dont know what I do if my daughter was gone too. I will never forgive.

  • Amber

    Amber we will never forget you when ever i hear that a child got saved by the AMBERALERT i always look up in heaven and say “Thank You” and i always start to cry

  • kaylee jake

    poor family

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